The Green Hornet http://michiganradio.org en The Green Hornet airs 75 years ago today on WXYZ-Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/green-hornet-airs-75-years-ago-today-wxyz-detroit <p>If you had tuned your radio to WXYZ-Detroit on this day in 1936, you would have heard the inaugural broadcast of the masked hero,<em>The Green Hornet</em>.</p><p>Each week brought audiences the latest adventures of Britt Reid, a newspaper publisher by day and masked crusader by night, and his trusty side-kick, Kato.</p><p>You can listen to a sampling of the original programs at <a href="http://www.archive.org/details/TheGreenHornet" target="_blank">Archive.org</a>.</p><p>Alexander Russo is an American media scholar at the Catholic University of America. He says <em>The Green Hornet</em> had a special appeal to listeners during the Great Depression who may have been frustrated with the lagging success of New Deal policies:</p><blockquote><p><em>“In all of these characters, you have individuals who step outside the socially sanctioned ways of achieving social change and enacting it themselves.”</em></p></blockquote><p>Today, <em>The Green Hornet</em> is a <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9btZIK3Obpg">movie</a> for the<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNFuqGDlXnw"> second time</a> and has also been <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvNTck9VeqU">a television show</a>.</p><p><em>The Green Hornet</em> was created by George Trendle and Frank Striker.&nbsp; Their previous radio productions included another masked hero - <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxIuIxqo2So"><em>The Lone Ranger</em></a>.&nbsp;</p><p>-Bridget Bodnar, <em>Michigan Radio Newsroom</em> Mon, 31 Jan 2011 18:33:39 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 1091 at http://michiganradio.org The Green Hornet airs 75 years ago today on WXYZ-Detroit